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New helipad possible for Sharp County without a tax raise

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Sharp County is working to get a helipad for White River Medical Complex without raising taxes.

County Judge Larry Brown said the medical complex, which opened in 2014, has been a great addition for the county.

The county now looks to get a helipad to further the emergency services provided in the county.

"If there is an accident on the highway they can land the helicopter there and get you to emergency services,” Brown said. “Also if you are in the emergency room and have a major illness or accident happens and you need to be transported, they can transport you to some other hospital quickly.”

Brown said associates with the medical complex have agreed to donate the land behind the building to the county for the helipad.

If the county has ownership of the land then they can apply for a grant to build the helipad.

The grant would pay for 90% of the costs and White River Medical has agreed to pay the rest.

Brown said if the county owns the helipad, any medical helicopter can land there.

The county will apply for grants for the project starting next month.

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